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Parsons Brinckerhoff to study tidal energy in Cumbria

Consultant Parsons Brinckerhoff will explore options for tidal energy generation across the Duddon Estuary in South Cumbria.

The study, commissioned by regeneration organisation Britain’s Energy Coast West Cumbria, and will look at tidal barrages, fences, and reefs along with the potential for a road link between Millom and Barrow-in-Furness.

Parsons Brinckerhoff will review a previous study by Balfour Beatty and Sir Robert McAlpine in 1994 and new targets for carbon emission reduction.

The Duddon Estuary has potential to generate around 100MW of energy – enough to power 200,000 homes, and provide a new transport link that would cut 17 miles off the current journey between Millom and Barrow.

Energy, infrastructure and environmental aspects will be examined, as well as the suitability of existing and emerging tidal technologies.

The study has been funded with a £30,000 grant from Britain’s Energy Coast West Cumbria, matched by the Carbon Challenge Fund.

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